"A Monkey Named Simian" or "Frances is Not a Fan"
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Today, I enjoyed the amazing coincidence of coming across the SparkPeople article "Tame the Emotional Eating Beast for Good" shortly after my "Beast" had been awakened. Read the short article here for the background story:
This morning at work I was forced to deal with an extremely stressful situation. Having a home office, I have the distinct disadvantage of having my entire kitchen available on demand for stress-eating. In the middle of dealing with the unfortunate event, I found myself pacing between our office on the second floor and our living room and kitchen on the main floor. I opened and closed the kitchen cupboards during multiple mindless trips back and forth. I was obviously not "hungry" hungry; it was stress and I needed comfort. My partner and assistant were also both in the office, so I didn't want to jump on the treadmill in the middle of the day and walk off the stress. So, I used a combination of the coping strategies found in the article above. Although, I didn't actually find the article until after I had already played the stalling game several times. And, I wasn't even looking for a stress-related article; it just presented itself to me. It's funny how that happens.
Now, as expected, the situation has passed (and I didn't eat anything). I'm still stressed out, but not as bad as I was earlier. I'm playing the distraction game right now by bouncing over here to post a quick blog and will probably run a few errands in a minute to fully vanquish "the beast" for today.
It's been a long journey, but I'm learning!